2019 Winners

2019 Awards:

Atta Galatta-Bangalore Literature Festival Book Prize 2019

Atta Galatta and The Bangalore Literature Festival team is happy to announce the winners of the Atta Galatta Bangalore Literature Festival Book Prizes for 2019

The 2019 prizes will be awarded in a special ceremony scheduled for the 10th of November, during the 8th Edition of the Bangalore Literature Festival.

We that our jury for helping with the selection and congratulate the winning authors, translators and publishers.

Winners of 2019

the Atta Galatta-Bangalore Literature Festival Book Prize

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Best Fiction (English)

Blue Is Like Blue

Stories by Vinod Kumar Shukla translated by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra and Sara Rai HarperCollins India

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Best Non Fiction (English)

Early Indians

The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From by Tony Joseph Juggernaut

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Popular Choice

Life's Amazing Secrets

How to Find Balance and Purpose in Your Life by Gaur Gopal Das Penguin Ananda

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Achievement in

Kannada Literature

Dr. H.S. Venkatesha Murthy

Past Winners of

the Atta Galatta-Bangalore Literature Festival Book Prize

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Fiction: Jayant Kaikini for No Presents Please

Non-Fiction: Pavan K Varma for Adi Shankaracharya

Popular Choice: Ashwin Sanghi for Keepers of The Kalachakra

Literary Achievement: Jayant Kaikini

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Fiction: Anees Salim for The Small-Town Sea

Non-Fiction: Ruskin Bond for Lone Fox Dancing

Popular Choice: Twinkle Khanna for The Legend of
Lakshmi Prasad

Literary Achievement: Bolwar Mahammad Kunhi

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Fiction: Perumal Murugan for Pyre

Non-Fiction: Vinay Sitapati for Half-Lion

Literary Achievement: K.V Tirumalesh

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Fiction: Aatish Taseer for The Way Things Were

Non-Fiction: Akshaya Mukul for Gita Press and the
Making of Hindu India

Literary Achievement: Prathibha Nandakumar

Bangalore Literature Festival and Atta Galatta

Thought Beyond Words

Thought Beyond Words aims to showcase how creative insights precede their translation into language.

The sculpture depicts the mind as a tree and thoughts as birds. Birds come and go to the branches of the tree. Some fleetingly, some with more persistence. Some birds will take up residence in the tree, build a nest in its branches and giving birth to more thoughts.

The sculpture was designed by Shri. T.S Ramani Sankar, the celebrated architect and executed by Sampath Appasamy of Artistick’s Art Forum

Atta Galatta, in association with the Bangalore Literature Festival commemorates literary achievements with the Atta Galatta-Bangalore Literature Festival Book Prize.

Instituted in 2015, the annual awards are presented under the categories of Fiction (In English) , Non-Fiction (In English) , Popular Choice and a new category of Best Illustrated Book for Adults (instituted in 2019 in association with Bodhitree) based on selection by a jury led by eminent literary personalities. The annual awards are also presented for Literary Achievement in Kannada to one author, celebrating their body of work and contribution to the language.

The Atta Galatta – Bangalore Literature Festival Book Prize is probably the only major literary prize that considers translations, short-story anthologies and self-published works

Winners take home an original trophy - Thought Beyond Words

Let's Talk.


Contact: Subodh Sankar

Phone: 080-4160 0677
              96325 10126

Email: agblfprize@attagalatta.com


Atta Galatta – Bangalore Literature Prize Office
#134, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala.
Bangalore 560 095.